Kidnappers free Super Eagles’ Samuel Kalu’s mother

Kidnappers have released Bordeaux and Super Eagles winger, Samuel Kalu’s mother after being held for nearly a week, the Police broke the news on Tuesday.

Samuel Kalu’s mother, Mrs Juliet Kalu was seized from her car on Wednesday, February 27 as she travelled to her home in Abia state.

And report has it that the kidnappers demanded the sum of three million naira ($40,000/ 35,000 euros) for her release.

In addition, Abia State Police spokesperson, Godfrey Ogbona told AFP that he has no idea if the ransom was paid.

“She was released around midnight (2300 GMT) of Monday and she has been reunited with her people,” he said.

Circumstances surrounding her release have not been disclosed to me for now.

“But we are still investigating the incident in a bid towards ensuring that those who carried out the act are arrested and brought to book.”

Nigeria’s Sporting Life publication quoted the France-based 21-year old footballer as saying they (kidnappers) asked for three million naira then later upped the demand to 15 million naira.

“We waited the whole night, we did not see her. The next morning they called again (saying) that they want more money, that the money was given to another person,” he added.

“Now they are asking for the ransom of fifteen million naira.”

Samuel launched himself in the country’s national team in October last year, shortly after leaving Belgian side Gent to join French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

Similarly, John Mikel Obi’s father was kidnapped during the World Cup tournament, Russia 2018. Mr Obi regained freedom after the family paid 10 million naira as ransom.

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